Helmets decrease the risk of sustaining head injuries as well as decrease the severity of the an injury if sustained. Therefore, children, who are naturally more susceptible to sustaining head and brain injuries, should always wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.
Below are some basic facts, reasons and statistics that are support why children should protect themselves with helmets:
1. Bicycle Helmets are important. – Although helmets are no replacement for responsible, mature and safe riding, helmets decrease blunt force trauma and impact as well as protect a child from penetrating sharp objects or corners. Also, well-designed helmets have the capability of protecting the spine and neck along with the head.
2. Basic Statistics. – These statistics are from the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.
– In 2005, children under the age of 15-years-old accounted for 53% of all bicycle injuries that required hospital visits.
– 62.6% of cycling deaths that were a result of a head injury in 2000 were in children under 19-years-old.
– Approximately 80% of fatal bicycle injuries and 75% of disabling bicycle injuries could be prevented by wearing a helmet.
3. Different Types of Helmets. – There are two different officially-approved types of helmets: 1. hard shell helmets and soft or micro shell helmets. The Consumer Products Safety Commission and American National Standards Institute approves these types of helmets.
4. Bicycle Helmet & Child Safety. – Children are more prone to accidents and their skulls are more susceptible to traumatic injury. Therefore, parents, guardians, babysitters, daycare providers, etc. should make it mandatory for their children to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.
If you would like to read more on this topic see Reasons why children should wear helmets while riding a bicycle.
If you would like more tips on proper use and fitting of helmets see Properly Using and Fitting Bicycle Helmets – Key TIps for Safety of Children.